Tuesday 20 March 2018

Aer Lingus offers free Priority Boarding to female passengers for Women's Day

International Women's Day

Aer Lingus pilots: Picture Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus pilots: Picture Jason Clarke
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Aer Lingus is marking International Women’s Day today by offering Priority Boarding to all women departing on UK and European flights.

Some 110 flights on Thursday, March 8 will see "female travellers, along with any junior travel companions" board their flight ahead of all other guests as a gesture towards joining the global celebration, the airline says.

Priority Boarding, which allows guests to board planes first and nab coveted overhead bin space, is normally priced at €4.99 per flight.

The offer applies to all short-haul flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast (Priority Boarding is not a feature of transatlantic services).

More than 2,000 of Aer Lingus's 4,200 employees are female, it is pointing out in a press release today, with roles ranging from pilots and cabin crew to engineers, planners, marketers and logistics specialists to name a few.

The airline was the first in Europe to employ a female pilot, it says, when Gráinne Cronin flew her first flight as a qualified Aer Lingus pilot in 1978.

Today, 10pc of Aer Lingus pilots are female - a figure that is more than double the international airline industry average, it claims.

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